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NYC Health Officials Work to Guard Against Heat Illness

by Associated Press
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Heat Expected to Get Into the 90's

New York City officials are urging residents to guard against heat-related illness as the summer moves into full swing.

   The National Weather Service is predicting a high around 93 on Wednesday.

   The Health Department says more than 80 percent of heat stroke deaths in recent years involved victims who were in homes without air conditioning.

   Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito are calling for New Yorkers to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.

   Citymeals-on-Wheels is making the same request. It's also providing extra bottled water to meal recipients, delivery staff and volunteers.

   Its deliverers will be on the lookout for signs of dehydration and heat sickness in the homebound elderly.

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